Whether you want to produce electronic music or record live instruments, our one year certificate program covers all of the fundamental knowledge needed to start your career in music production. Our courses are taught using Ableton Live with easy to understand examples and you are not expected to have any previous music or audio engineering experience to take them. With two years of access to the courses, learn at your own pace and count on your instructor every step of the way.
Our free trial includes unrestricted access to our course "The Digital Audio Workstation", which will give you all the basic knowledge required to start producing, including: Audio & Acoustics, Hardware Setup, Software Setup, Sequencer, Mixer, MIDI Instruments, Automation, Exporting and more. Learn Ableton Live and how all its major features work for free. Start producing today!
This certificate qualifies you for getting EDU discounts of up to 50% in most major music production software, plugins and more. Save thousands of dollars in Ableton, Fabfilter, Izotope, Soundtoys and many others.
- 80+ hours of hands-on high quality video lessons
- 52+ weekly instructor-led video-chat group lab sessions (starting 30 days after paid enrollment)
- 8 hours of 1on1 personalized feedback sessions w/instructor
- 24/7 access to the courses for two years
- Weekly workload: 2-3 hours
- Music Production Certificate Diploma (upon completion of all 6 courses)
What you’ll need
- A Mac or PC computer with a web browser and broadband Internet access
- Any DAW like Ableton, Logic, Protools, SoundBridge, etc.
- A MIDI controller keyboard (optional)
Music Production Courses Included
The Digital Audio Workstation
Everything you need to know about how DAWs work and how to setup your equipment to start producing. Audio & Acoustics, Hardware Setup, Software Setup, Sequencer, Mixer, MIDI Instruments, Automation and Saving & Exporting.
Designed to ensure you can take any sonic idea from your head and design it yourself through synthesis. The course covers all the components of modern-day synthesizers & samplers and how to develop your own custom patches. Waveforms, Sampled Instruments, Synthesizers, Filters, Modulation, MIDI Articulations, Insert FX and Automation.
Provides a thorough understanding of spectral, dynamic, and creative FX and how to properly utilize them in music production for sound design and mixing functions. Types of Processing, EQ, Dynamic Processing, Reverb, Delay, Special Procesing, Stereo Field and Automation & Sidechaining.
Composition & Sketching
Designed to ensure you can take any sonic idea from your head and design it yourself through synthesis. The course covers all the components of modern-day synthesizers & samplers and how to develop your own custom patches. Music Foundations, Rythm & Beats, Bass, Harmony & Melody, First Loop, Building Up, Gain Structure and FX & Processing.
Arrangements & Structure
Discusses the fundamentals of highly-level song structures and how to organize an improvised sketch into a full piece of music. You will learn how to take a basic loop and transform it into a standard popular song structure complete with intro, verse, build up, chorus, and bridge sections. Song Structure, Reference Tracks, Arrangement Organization, First Draft, Transitions, Gain Structure, FX & Processing and Automation.
Mixing & Mastering
Provides a comprehensive walk through of proper mixing and mastering techniques. You will learn the industry skills required to properly mix and master your original music for commercial distribution. Basics of Mixiing & Mastering, Gain, Signal Chain, Reference Mixes, Frequency Range & EQ, Reverb, Special Processing, Mastering Chains and Loudness.
I love that the course focuses on the logic behind the functionality. I have been producing for over a decade and I learned by doing. I am really happy I took this course because it gave me all the core knowledge I need to be able to turn my ideas into reality in a much more efficient manner. I feel like I can use any Synth, Plugin or DAW in the market because I understand what they do. The 1on1 time with the professor was awesome!
by S. Taylor
The Sound Design and Mixing & Mastering courses were my favorites. The labs are super interesting because you get to learn from the challenges other students are going through and get instant feedback. The videos are super clear and it is super valueble to be able to stop the videos as I try things for myself. I used the certificate as a reason to make music and its structure took me step by step into being able to produce commercial quality music.
by M. Anderson
I had no previous experience in musical production. Many of the other students had previous experience and some were even semi-pros. I not only learned a lot form the course, but also learned a lot from other students. Being able to access the courses for two years let me go at my own pace but the weekly labs gave me a structure to follow and kept me motivated. I had to purchse additional 1on1 time with the professor but it was super affordable.